Product Name Isobavachin
CAS No.: 31524-62-6
Catalog No.: CFN98400
Molecular Formula: C20H20O4
Molecular Weight: 324.4 g/mol
Purity: >=98%
Type of Compound: Flavonoids
Physical Desc.: Powder
Targets: ERK | p38MAPK | Caspase
Source: The fruits of Psoralea corylifolia L.
Solvent: Chloroform, Dichloromethane, Ethyl Acetate, DMSO, Acetone, etc.
Price: $188/20mg
Isobavachin can stimulate osteoblasts proliferation and differentiation; it also can facilitate mouse embryonic stem cells differentiating into neuronal cells, the mechanism involved protein prenylation and, subsequently, phos-ERK activation and the phos-p38 off pathway. Isobavachin possesses estrogen-like activity in MCF-7/BOS cells, it can significantly stimulate the proliferation of MCF-7/BOS cells in a dose-dependent manner. Isobavachin has cytotoxic effects on H4IIE hepatoma and metabolically poorly active C6 glioma cells.
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Providing storage is as stated on the product vial and the vial is kept tightly sealed, the product can be stored for up to 24 months(2-8C).

Wherever possible, you should prepare and use solutions on the same day. However, if you need to make up stock solutions in advance, we recommend that you store the solution as aliquots in tightly sealed vials at -20C. Generally, these will be useable for up to two weeks. Before use, and prior to opening the vial we recommend that you allow your product to equilibrate to room temperature for at least 1 hour.

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    Promoting effects of isobavachin on neurogenesis of mouse embryonic stem cells were associated with protein prenylation.[Pubmed: 21441946]
    Some small molecules can induce mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells to differentiate into neuronal cells. Here, we explored the effect of Isobavachin (IBA), a compound with a prenyl group at position 8 of ring A, on promoting neuronal differentiation and the potential role of its protein prenylation.
    The hanging drop method was employed for embryonic body (EB) formation to mimic embryo development in vivo. The EBs were treated with Isobavachin at a final concentration of 10(-7) mol/L from EB stage (d 4) to d 8+10. Geranylgeranyltransferase I inhibitor GGTI-298 was subsequently used to disrupt protein prenylation. Neuronal subtypes, including neurons and astrocytes, were observed by fluorescence microscopy. Gene and protein expression levels were detected using RT-PCR and Western blot analysis, respectively. With Isobavachin treatment, nestin was highly expressed in the neural progenitors generated from EBs (d 4, d 8+0). EBs then further differentiated into neurons (marked by β-tubulin III) and astrocytes (marked by GFAP), which were both up-regulated in a time-dependent manner on d 8+5 and d 8+10. Co-treatment with GGTI-298 selectively abolished the Isobavachin-induced neuronal differentiation. Moreover, in the MAPK pathway, p38 and JNK phosphorylation were down-regulated, while ERK phosphorylation was up-regulated after Isobavachin treatment at different neuronal differentiation passages.
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